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There's history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute

Aug. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A runaway train. Crashing billiard balls. A compound fracture. Journalists and academics in Seoul have been running out of colorful descriptions for an intensifying dispute between South Korea and Japan over history and trade that has sent always shaky relations plummeting...

San Francisco to keep but cover up divisive mural

Aug. 14, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco school board voted Tuesday to preserve but cover up a public high school mural depicting slavery and the killing of a Native American. After a public outcry, the board voted 4-3 to reverse its June vote to paint over the "Life of Washington" mural at George Washington...

The Latest: San Francisco to keep divisive mural

Aug. 13, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a divisive mural at a San Francisco high school (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The San Francisco school board will preserve but cover up a public high school mural depicting slavery and the killing of a Native American. After a public outcry, the board on Tuesday voted 4-3...

Unusual language barrier causes problem for Georgia court

Aug. 9, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A rare language barrier has created a translation challenge for a Georgia court. The Gainesville Times reports 53-year-old Marcos Jose-Jose appeared Tuesday at a hearing in Gainesville. He speaks a Mayan language known as Q'anjob'al which is spoken primarily in Guatemala. He's also...

World mourns the death of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison

Aug. 6, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A....

Japan PM says WWII labor row is biggest issue with S. Korea

Aug. 6, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that the main cause of escalating tensions between Japan and South Korea is a loss of trust over court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate South Koreans for forced labor during World War II. Japan has imposed export controls on key...

Pelosi says 'humbled' by Ghana visit to gateway to slavery

Jul. 31, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday a congressional delegation to Ghana was "humbled" by a visit to the seaside gateway where many Africans were shipped to America as slaves. Pelosi's address to Ghanaian lawmakers contrasted with President Donald Trump's appearance on Tuesday...

A history of racism is woven into the US presidency

Jul. 30, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When President Donald Trump drew widespread condemnation for describing a majority-black congressional district as a "rat and rodent infested mess" and for tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color, it was not the first time a U.S. president attracted such attention....

Trump hails 'righteous cause of American self-government'

Jul. 30, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday marked the 400th anniversary of American democracy and its gift "of the country we love," but his celebration of what began as an experiment in self-government was boycotted by black Virginia lawmakers incensed by Trump's continued disparagement of a...

The Latest: Black Virginia lawmakers slam Trump comments

Jul. 30, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events in Virginia commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Black lawmakers in Virginia who boycotted a visit by President Donald Trump are blasting Trump for his recent disparaging remarks about minority members...